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Today LexisNexis is announcing the launch of Lexis+ Litigation Analytics. Litigation Analytics does two things. It integrates analytics into the research and practical guidance  workflow.  Lexis+  now offers “enhanced analytics” from Lex Machina as well as state level analytics derived from CourtLink for the states that Lex Machina does not currently cover. Karl Harris, C.E.O. of Lex Machina a offered me a demonstration of Lexis + Litigation Analytics.. Harris placed analytics within the context of the new workflow which was introduced with Lexis+.  Lexis+ includes a persistent navigation bar which today adds litigation analytics to the 3 original  pillars of, …
 Today  Bloomberg Law  is  announcing  a new access to justice initiative by offering 90 days of complimentary access to the Bloomberg Law platform though the Paladin platform which helps lawyers identify pro bono opportunities. This is the second access to justice initiative Bloomberg Law has announced since the start of 2021. Last week Bloomberg I  covered the announcement of their new partnership with the Legal Services Corporation to provide free access to Bloomberg Law. Kudos to Bloomberg and Paladin. Equal access to justice depends on equal access to  powerful tools  such as Bloomberg Law which streamline the  research process and…
This week Thomson Reuters Institute and Georgetown Law Center on Ethics and the Legal Profession released their 2021 Report on the State of the Legal Market. It is always an interesting read but this year offered  a petri dish for the transformation of law firms in real time.  2020 was a perfect storm of pandemic, financial uncertainty, social change and political stress. The Report adopts the theme of Malcolm Gladwell‘s meme-able book The Tipping Point. Contrary to the popular assumption that social change happens slowly and steadily over a period of time Gladwell argues with a metaphor that is equally…
Today  Bloomberg Law announced a major access to justice initiative by granting free Bloomberg Law access to all the  legal aid organizations supported by the Legal Services Corporation. LSA supports the delivery of high-quality civil assistance in every state, territory and the District of Columbia. LSC President Ronald S. Flagg is underscored the connection between access to information and access to justice in the press release. “Access to high-quality legal research resources is critical to the work America’s legal aid organizations do in serving people living in poverty across the country.” Kudos to Bloomberg Law. Has there ever been…
Legal publishers Casemaker and Fastcase are announcing a merger of their two companies. According to the press release ” The two companies will combine their teams and technologies to innovate research, analytics, and workflow offerings that empower lawyers with powerful digital solutions for their clients.” I spoke with Ed Walters CEO of Fastcase yesterday. He stated that the merged Fastcase and Casemaker have the largest lawyer subscriber base of any legal research system. Since Fastcase and Casemaker together are available to every bar association in the United States – that means that virtually every lawyer in the US has access…
OK I am going to say it yet again. Legal news is Hot!. It is only the first week of January and I am announcing the third important change in the Legal News market in three days. On Sunday ALM announced that they were continuing their licensing agreement with Lexis on a non-exclusive basis. Today American Lawyer Media (ALM) and Bloomberg Law are announcing a new licensing agreement. Bloomberg Law customers will  get access to ALM legal news and information, including more than 3,000 new pieces of original news reporting each month, archived news content, and data from ALM Experts…
I recent months I have repeatedly highlighted the renewed energy and competition in the legal news space. I never anticipated that LexisNexis would be joining their competitors in launching a new legal news publication. After all, LexisNexis controls the majority of the US legal news content (Law360, Wall Street Journal, New York Times and a non-exclusive license for American Lawyer Media content.) And yet today  LexisNexis is launching a new publication Law360 Pulse which will focus on the “business of law” and target readers in large and mid-sized firms as well as in house counsel. Law360 Pulse is…
Today American Lawyer Media and LexisNexis announced the extension of their strategic alliance with a new content agreement. According to the press release, the agreement “lays the groundwork for expanding the integration of ALM content within LexisNexis legal research solutions.” LexisNexis and ALM,  have an an exclusive agreement since 2011,  which made ALM’s iconic content including The American Lawyer, Corporate Counsel, The National Law Journal, Legaltech News, New York Law Journal and other specialty publications available through the Lexis+ and Lexis® legal research solutions and Nexis® Newsdesk. This extension ensures that current news from ALM will continue to be available…
I have ranked the most popular 15  Dewey S Strategic posts of 2020.It is no surprise to me that posts about the release of specialty COVID resources by major legal publishers dominate – 4 of the 15 stories. My annual “Hits and Misses” survey results  were covered in 3 of the 15 top posts. The emergence of new legal news products is also covered in 3 of the top 15 posts. The remaining posts cover new product launches and survey results. I have also compiled a list of the top 15 posts  from the Dewey B Strategic archive which were…
We were all blindsided as 2020 unfolded, yet the momentum of technological change and innovation assured a steady stream of new products. I have identified five trends, which I have divided into three categories: unforeseeable, continuing and surprising. The trends I believe are worth noting — Unforeseeable: COVID-19 impacts; Predicable: state court analytics and innovative workflow tools; Surprising: legal news re-emerges as a competitive focus among major legal publishers and tech marketplaces emerge. Unforeseeable: COVID-Related Trends COVID alone triggered four subtrends: The emergence of local law and ephemeral publications. Major legal vendors were no more prepared to track county level…
Tomorrow  Feit Consulting  will be  releasing  a study “Patent Research: The Importance of Precision a Comparison of Docket Navigator and Lex Machina Data Searches” examining the comparative performance of Docket Navigator and Lex Machina  two of the leading patent research and analytics platforms. The study was paid for by Docket Navigator. According to Feit, they invited Lex Machina to participate in the study.  Lex Machina’s response is included below. Feit identified four expert patent researchers at ALM 100 firms who had access to both platforms. According to the report – the main question Docket Navigator wanted to answer…
Two months ago, Lex Machina  launched an analytics module for the New York County Supreme Court, one of one of the most important commercial litigation jurisdictions in the United States. Today Lex Machina is announcing the completion of coverage for all five New York City counties (contiguous with the 5 New York City Boroughs). New York County Supreme Court (Manhattan) released on September 29th Kings County Supreme Court (Brooklyn) released on October 27th Queens County Supreme Court (Queens) released on November 24th Richmond County Supreme Court (Staten Island) released on December 8th Bronx Supreme Court (the Bronx) released on December…
A year  after announcing an alliance with Fastcase, Ross Intelligence  posted a press release  today announcing that they will be shutting down on January 31, 2021. Ross Intelligence launched as the darling of the legal tech media with bold promises to replace Lexis and Westlaw. There were months of bold headlines featuring Ross enabled “robot lawyers.” The press release implies that the closing is related to the high cost of defending a lawsuit brought by Thomson Reuters which was reported on by Bob Ambrogi. Ross was unable to raise necessary funding for innovation.  According to the press release their focus…
This week LexisNexis announced the launch of  Survey of Commercial Lease Terms  in Practical Guidance — a unique analytics resource for real estate practitioners. In October I covered the launch of Practical Guidance Market Standards for M & A. Daniel Lewis, VP and GM of Practical Guidance and Analytic at LexisNexis provided me with a preview of the Survey of Commercial Lease  Terms. Legal analytics products are generally built on top of publicly available datasets. Lewis described the new product which includes data from private deals as built on a “give to get” model. Large, medium and small…
Law.com  reported today that the Open Courts Act of 2020 has been passed by the House of Representatives.  In a time of fierce partisanship, this is a bi-partisan bill introduced by two Georgia representatives:  Republican, Rep. Doug Johnson and Democrat, Rep. Hank Johnson. The bill will now needs to be passed by the Senate and signed into law by the President. Earlier this week, 2O legal tech executives sent a letter (reprinted below) to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi supporting passage of H.R. 8235. I spoke to Ed Walters, CEO of Fastcase  one of the signatories. Walters described the letter…
This past fall,  husband and wife tech team Chris Ford and Nikki Shaver launched an important new technology resource: Legaltechnologyhub.com. Legaltechhub (LTH) is a curated database of legal technology tools, which is enhanced with extensive and careful tagging and taxonomy. The founders are well known throughout the legal tech community. Ford is CMO at the tech company Zero, and Shaver is a former practicing attorney and renowned KM and innovation thought leader. According to Ford and Shaver, LTH took almost a year to build. It was clearly a labor of love in which they made a large personal investment…